Coming from any other celebrity, Ivanka Trump's platitudes celebrating International Women's Day would be innocuous. Then again, as the daughter and political adviser of a president who has bragged about committing sexual assault and has been accused of misconduct by at least eighteen different women, Ivanka Trump's words ring just a tad hollow on this global holiday.
Plenty of Twitter users were quick to pick up on this.
Those last two tweets deserve further unpacking.
The first involves Stormy Daniels, a porn star who is rumored to have had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago. Her lawyer has since claimed that the president is trying to intimidate his client, according to CNN. It was also revealed that Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen had secretly obtained a temporary restraining order to bar Daniels from speaking publicly about the alleged affair, according to The New York Times.
The second tweet involves a far more tragic situation.
The Ivanka Trump fashion label has factories where workers' conditions are so poor that labor activists began investigating them at one Chinese location (until the activists were taken into police custody and then disappeared), according to The Guardian. In addition to reportedly paying workers so little that many can't afford to live with their own children, some of the factories allegedly subject employees to verbal abuse and offered women a monthly bonus of $10.50 if they work while menstruating.
Of all the critical tweets coming Ivanka's way, this one best captured their spirit.
What would you know about empowerment? You were handed everything on a gold platter. You have no understanding of what women go thru everyday just to survive, let alone stand up to a society that denigrates their every accomplishment. Go back to your tower.
— BeverleyJBM 🌊 (@bluesolitaire) March 8, 2018
But Ivanka wasn't the only Trump to get grief from the internet over an International Women's Day tweet. The first lady faced similar criticism:
Even Donald Trump tweeted a shout out to the women's holiday: